Black Friday is overrated.
I like a deal as much as the next person, but I want to give unique gifts that will make them smile, not a generic item designed to appeal to a rush of shoppers running by at 2 a.m. And I don’t want to have to camp out in the cold or battle crazed crowds to do it.
So this year I’m shopping almost entirely local, skipping the big box stores and focusing on unique small businesses instead. Fargo-Moorhead has a diverse small business community of charming shops, on-trend boutiques, regional gift emporiums, local artists and indie crafters.
You can shop online from anywhere. Or get a taste of the community at special shopping events that gather diverse vendors and businesses together to offer special deals, holiday activities and a festive, high-energy shopping experience.
Here are some of my favorite places to shop small in Fargo-Moorhead during the holiday season.
Handmade zipper pouch by PEAR’D
Holiday Makers Market
This holiday Pop-Up Shop features over 20 artists and makers. They’ll be selling unique ceramics, jewelry, handmade clothing, mens accesories, body products, home decor, DIY kits for the crafty ones among us, sketchbooks, mugs, prints, holiday decorations and more. Find it all at the Make Room (806 1/2 Main Avenue, Fargo) from November through Christmas.
Noon Holiday Concerts at the Plains Art Museum
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
This is one of the chillest shopping events in town — and one of my favorite holiday traditions. Enjoy free live music from the area’s best musicians over your lunch hour and shop for unique books, limited edition prints, vases and paper products from The Store at the museum and get them wrapped for free. You can explore the galleries for free when you purchase lunch from the on-site Blue Goose Cafe. The concerts are held selected weekdays in November and December.
Bib by She Seams Nice
Craft and Vendor Fair
Shopping is easy with lots of crafters and speciality vendors under one roof. There will be lots of vendors in the hallways of The Moorhead Center Mall.
And if you want to check out events and shops going on in downtown Fargo, park your car at the mall and take the free LinkFM Bus to and from downtown. This means you don’t need to stress about parking and you have a built-in designed driver. Bonus. If you’ve never taken the Link, read my article about it here.
Jewelry by Taea Made
Late Night Holiday Craft Market
Christmas Shopping with Beer? Yesssssss… For one December night only, modern craft vendors will take over the Drekker Brewing Company taproom at 630 1st Avenue North in Fargo. And the fabulous selection of Fargo-brewed craft beer makes shopping so easy.
What am I missing? This list will be updated as the season goes on, so check back often and comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to add your shopping event to the list.
Where are you shopping this season? It doesn’t have to be in Fargo-Moorhead. If you have a favorite shop, retail event or maker near you, I’d love to hear about it.
Necklaces from Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts
Happy Shopping, everyone!
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